Our trip to Ireland was another one that we had planned for months. Our trip mates included my Mom, Lane, Ronda, Cooper, my sister Jodee and her husband Casey and their daughter Camille. 8 total travelers.
We flew from Stuttgart to Dublin on Aer Lingus and got into Dublin in the evening around dinner time. We found the rental car window and the bus that took us to our van that would be our shuttle for the entire week we were in Ireland. Everyone got settled into their spots and we were off…
We spent the first two nights in Dublin, where we did the hop on/off bus tour and we also did the Guinness Factory Tour (bucket list… check!). Dublin was great and we had an amazing time walking around the city and seeing the sights.
Day three we loaded the van and headed into the Irish countryside.
Our first stop was a short one in Kilkenny, and then on to Waterford. In Waterford, we did the Waterford Crystal Factory Tour. It was VERY interesting, and highly recommended!
We had reservations to stay in the Waterford Castle, which is on an Island in the middle of the river - you literally have to take ferry to get onto the island! We also played 18 holes of golf at the Castle Golf Club. It was an amazing experience for all of us.
Day 4 we left the castle headed for Killarney by way of Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. We spent a few hours touring the Blarney Castle grounds, climbed the steps, kissed the stone, and we were off again for Killarney.
We got in right ahead of a big rain storm and were happy to remain dry in our apartment during the storm. The next morning we loaded the van again and drove the 100km "Ring of Kerry" road.
It is a beautiful drive and we must have taken 1000 photos between the 8 of us! We got into the apartment late that evening and we crashed.
The next morning, we found some coffee and got onto the road headed for the Cliffs of Moher on the West Coast of Ireland. We arrived after lunch and split up to tour the area in different directions.
The cliffs are a MUST SEE as they are amazing and one of the best memories we have of our entire trip to Ireland.
That evening we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Ballyvaughan - near Galway. The next morning, the B&B owner was kind enough to get up early and prepare a small breakfast for us as we had to leave before the regular breakfast started. We had a two-hour drive to get back to Dublin and make our flight at noon.
Our trip to Ireland was one of a kind and one of my favorite memories of Europe so far. Next time we will spend more time in less places!